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Mobility in Manufacturing: Streamlined Productivity

  • 12 February 2015
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Categories: ERP

Manufacturers are rapidly discovering new ways to utilize mobile technology for maximized efficiency. Through the use of smartphones, tablets, and laptops all linked to one network, manufacturing processes are being tracked real-time and displaying incredibly accurate data.

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The Rise of Mobility in Manufacturing

  • Machine-to-Machine (M2M) software wirelessly connects millions of devices to one network with two-way communication
    • There is a 33% predicted mobility growth in manufacturing through 2017
    • By 2016 a predicted 23% of the $5 billion mobile enterprise services industry will be made up by manufacturing

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Benefits of Mobility

Increase employee productivity/efficiency – 57.3%

Improve business revenues/sales results – 40.7%

Improve supply chain processes – 40.3%

Decrease manual (employee) errors – 38.2%

Improve order fulfillment accuracy – 35.8%

Increase production efficiency – 35.6%

Improve on-time delivery rate – 32.3%

Decrease delivery time – 31.5%

Increase customer satisfaction – 28%

Minimize labor costs – 25.8%

Maximize consistent product quality – 25.6%

Reduce downtime – 21.9%

Increase regulatory compliance – 19.4%

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10 Solutions for Mobile Manufacturing

 

  • Warehouse Work
    • Actively manage inventory and the assembly process
    • Reduce inventory costs
  • Plant Communications
    • Protect against unplanned downtime
    • Integrate a wireless call button
    • Increase productivity with instant communication
  • Material Tracking
    • Real-time tracking of the manufacturing process
    • Comply with government regulations
    • Cost-effective compliance with simple barcode scans
  • Asset Tracking/Maintenance
    • Immediate access to inventory counts and asset locations
    • Reduce theft occurrence
    • Extend asset lifecycle
  • Quality Control
    • Access up-to-date, quality data
    • Maintain customer retention
    • Minimize wasted labor time and materials
    • Improve accuracy and customer satisfaction
  • Labor Tracking
    • Access time and attendance (T&A) systems on plant floor
    • Effectively evaluate product costs based on labor time
    • Offer competitive pricing
  • Field Sales
    • Check inventory and pricing, submit an order, or take a payment
    • Increase revenue through speed
    • Improve customer experience
  • Field Service
    • Eliminate paper tracking
    • Reduce communication gap between field workers and repair technicians
    • Reduce order-to-cash cycle times
    • Improve cash flow
  • Fleet Management
    • Integrate GPS monitors to track real-time locations of drivers and vehicles
    • Reduce unplanned vehicle downtime
    • Route efficiently and minimize fuel costs
  • Management Decisions
    • Immediate access to accurate information for smart decisions
    • Manage the process and productivity from any location
    • Save money on ineffective processes by being able to make changes quickly

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Tips for Implementing Mobility

  • Spend a significant amount of time evaluating business needs and what types of devices or application would best support those.
  • Take into consideration company goals, employee skill level, and existing software systems.
  • Communicate with employees and train them on best practices when using the new system.
  • Hire a professional to assess your business needs, create an individualized software, and implement the new system.

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Sources:

http://www.datixinc.com/taking-advantage-mobile-manufacturing/

http://www.industryweek.com/articles/the_top_ten_mobile_solutions_for_lean_manufacturing_20220.aspx

http://www.softwebsolutions.com/mobility-manufacturing-sector-infographics.html

http://www.business.att.com/content/whitepaper/m2m-mobility-solutions-trends-and-perspectives.pdf

http://www.kony.com/solutions/manufacturing

http://forms.kony.com/rs/konysolutions/images/IW-WP-Manufacturing-roudup-mobile-apps-in-manufacturing.pdf

 

 

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